Current Sermon Series
"I Am Not A Robot"
We are not robots. Just ask any computer that tries to validate our humanity. We feel…and feel deeply. God created us to be complex organisms with the capacity to experience a broad range of emotions. Grief. Anxiety. Fear. Guilt. Anger. Unforgiveness. Joy. Hope. Love. But what happens when our God-given emotions begin to take over? What happens when our God-given emotions become flesh-driven? During this four-week series, we will grow to better understand our emotions and how God wants to use them for his (and our) good.
In writing to the early Church (to the “exiles in Dispersion”), the Apostle Peter warns the faithful of the wiles of the Devil. He is a roaring lion, a prowling menace, seeking someone to destroy (1 Peter 5:6-11). “Resist him!” Peter demands. Then as is now, Satan is on the prowl – lurking, tempting, seducing. Throughout these weeks together, then, we will explore several of the most common temptations the Deceiver deploys. And we will learn practical, Christ-centered ways to resist them.
As always, our purpose is simple: it is to elicit a response. It is for us to be inspired, to be challenged, and to be changed. Our purpose, hope, and prayer is that all our hearts will be “strangely warmed” as we reflect upon the Bible’s truth and the Savior’s call.
When Leonard Bernstein was conductor of the New York Philharmonic, he was asked by a reporter, “What is the most difficult instrument to play?” With a twinkle in his eye, he said, “Second fiddle.” In a world that tells us that we have to be the best, that we have to be out front, we follow a Savior who tells us to put others first, who models for us servanthood and quiet obedience. It is just one of the many ways that faith invites us to a counter-cultural lifestyle. We see it in John the Baptist (“He must increase, and I must decrease.” [Jn 3:30]). We see it in the countless stories of unnamed saints throughout the Bible and in the stories of those who remained in the shadows. And we see the struggle to attain such a willingness to serve in the Apostles’ argument about greatness.
Drawing upon these incredible stories of humility and power, throughout these weeks, we will explore four stories that will inspire us to examine our hearts and our motives, to surrender our compulsive need for applause, and to follow/serve the Lord with gratitude, faith, and a meekness that seeks only to glorify Him.
After enduring another “year like none other,” we’re all beginning 2022 with a passionate desire, with a driving hope that things will be different, that we can be different…but are we willing to do more than just hope and wish? During these weeks, we will be taking a piercing but practical look at some of the greatest temptations – the Fool’s Gold – that attempt to draw us away from God and from the life that God created us to live – letting the Spirit lead us to a deeper faithfulness and a more active faith. More than just examining/testing/challenging the folly that surrounds us, we will move towards the true Gold Standard of discipleship.